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Your Unobtrusive Joys

Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s “Thanksgiving” from her collection, Custer and Other Poems, is a beautiful ode to gratitude and noticing. Can we express more gratitude in our life by noticing life’s details? Can we offer praise to those who do kind things for us and…

Gratitude Reflections

John F. Kennedy on Thanksgiving

George Washington proclaimed the first Day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1789 during the first year of his presidency, but Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual tradition until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving during the midst of the American…

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Be Hated for What You Are

We learn to respond to the expectations of others. Some of us get trapped in this cycle from childhood. Some of us learn later in life by focusing on external values, like money and material things. We become approval addicts, and live in fear…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. on Fear

Fear is essential to our lives. Without it, we would be deprived of our basic needs. Fear is biologically ingrained in all of us. It protects us by giving us an adrenaline response in dangerous situations, allowing us to survive.

Fear is also necessary for…

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Jonathan Fields on the Formula for Luck

She published a book. She’s lucky. National Geographic featured his photo. He’s lucky. She has a great job. She’s lucky. He gets to travel the world. He’s lucky. We often think of people in fortunate circumstances as lucky. Sometimes, luck truly is serendipitous. That person…

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Contradiction and Criticism

There will always be people who disagree. There will always be people who interpret your work in an unintended way. But it is this uniqueness among people that makes the world interesting. You can let contradiction and criticism cripple you, or you can keep creating.…

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The Problem with Self-Deception

We can create the narrative around every situation. Think about an email that has gone unanswered. You can think, “That person doesn’t care about me.” “This project must not be that important to him.” “Maybe my email wasn’t good enough.” “Maybe I said something wrong.”…

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No Such Thing as a Cautious Creative

George Lois, the legendary ad man, once said: ‘You can be cautious or you can be creative but there is no such things as a cautious creative.’ In an interview with Vice, he added ‘if you’re a cautious creative you’re a bum.’ Lois’ advice…

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Workaholics Anonymous

When we think of addiction, our minds usually turn to alcohol or drugs like heroin and cocaine. As perfectionists, our drug of choice is usually work. I remember a time when I felt very uncomfortable with free time. I couldn’t watch TV without my work…

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Success Revisited

What does success mean to you? Is your desire for success only career oriented? Are you fueled by praise from others? Do you want that gold star? That promotion? Rather than success driven by approval from others, aim for failure that leads to genuine…